Cash-strapped council could close Gallery of Modern Art

Scotland's most-visited art attraction is instantly recognisable due to a cone-topped statue.

Cash-strapped council could close Gallery of Modern Art SWNS

Scotland’s most-visited art gallery could be closed in a bid to save money.

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is one of Glasgow’s most recognisable landmarks due to the statue of the Duke of Wellington outside it, which usually has a traffic cone on its head.

Since it opened in 1996, the former library has become Scotland’s most-visited art gallery, ahead of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

Artwork exhibited includes Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup prints, along with works by David Hockney and Turner Prize winners.

But in a bid to cut £50m in the coming year, Glasgow City Council has proposed that the collection of artworks could be moved and the city centre building sold.

Documents state that the collection could be moved to another exhibition or arts centre.

Council papers said: “Disposal of the building would probably have to be the preferred option.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Glasgow City Council will need to make budget savings which could be in the region of £50m.”